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The Really Big One

The New Yorker
Guest curated by Tim Urban

Americans associate earthquakes with California’s San Andreas Fault. But only recently did scientists discover that the big, big earthquake will hit America’s Pacific Northwest. When it does, it will be by far the most devastating natural disaster in US history. Massive earthquakes in that region occur every 243 years on average, but it’s been 315 years since last one. The Pacific Northwest is due.

Published in Weekly Filet #217
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    NASA’s Mission to Pluto

    Johns Hopkins APL
    Guest curated by Tim Urban

    Nine years ago, in 2006, the probe New Horizons began a decade-long trip to Pluto, the former ninth planet in our solar system. On Tuesday morning, July 14th, New Horizons will finally reach Pluto for a fly-by, the first probe ever to do so. Any detailed image of Pluto you think you’ve seen of Pluto is an artist’s rendition—Pluto is too small for even the powerful Hubble Telescope to get a decent shot. Over the next few days, you can use this link to keep up with New Horizon’s progress, and every image that comes in over the next few days will be the new best look we’ve ever gotten at Pluto.

    Published in Weekly Filet #216 In collection: Guest Butchers FTW

    Can Wikipedia Survive?

    The New York Times
    Guest curated by Jessica Binsch

    Wikipedia is a remarkable repository of knowledge, but it’s facing some tough challenges. It’s struggling to keep around volunteer editors to write articles and to draw users reading on smartphones. Then there are internal power struggles to boot. Can this project, based on altruism and open source, change quickly enough to survive?

    Published in Weekly Filet #214
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      Pope Francis-Digital media is making us stupid, selfish, and isolated

      Guest curated by Jessica Binsch

      Many of us love sharing our experiences, one picture, 140 characters, one «like» at a time. That’s both a blessing and a curse, thinks the Pope (who knows a bit about those things). He worries that we are constantly communicating with others – but are missing «the complexity of their personal experience». Maybe we need more breaks to explore big ideas?

      Published in Weekly Filet #213 In collection: Guest Butchers FTW

      Would You Date Someone With A Hotmail Address?

      Guest curated by Jessica Binsch

      Our email address says a lot about us. Mailing from Riseup? Activist. Posteo? Privacy-conscious. T-Online or AOL? Probably still using dial-up. So would you date someone using a hotmail address? (I confess that I have a roughly 12-year-old email address that I still use. But let’s he honest: The real question is, would you actually ask someone out via email?)

      Published in Weekly Filet #212
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        Google Photos Reminder: Smile, it’s free – you’re the product

        Guest curated by Jessica Binsch

        Google is offering to store all of our photos, forever, without charging money for it. So what’s in it for the company? The short answer: data. Lots of it. The long answer: A new part of business that could have as much impact for Google as Gmail did 10 years ago. Key quote: «There’s no doubt Google Photos is a massive landgrab for personal data — at a time when visual imagery is the biggest social currency of the web.»

        Published in Weekly Filet #211 In collection: Guest Butchers FTW

        László Krasznahorkai’s acceptance speech for the 2015 Man Booker International Prize

        New Statesman
        Guest curated by Gabriel Vetter

        «To Max Sebald, the marvellous writer and friend, who is no longer among the ranks of the living, as he gazed for too long at one single blade of grass in the meadow.»

        – Man Booker International Prize acceptance speech by László Krasznahorkai

        Acceptance speeches at award ceremonies tend to be either too long, very boring or overachieving. The 2015 laureate of the Man Booker International Prize, Hungarian surrealist writer László Krasznahorkai, held a rather outstandlingly weird, heartfelt and poetic speech when he was awarded the Prize in London this week. Listen to his short but charming speech.

        Published in Weekly Filet #209
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